A five member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep today deliberated and considered the interpretation pertaining to Article 32 of the Constitution, on the Executive President’s term.
The bench that comprised of judges Eva Wanasundera, KT Chitrasiri, Buwaneka Aluwihare and Sisira De Abrew and the Chief Justice is due to submit their interpretation to the President. In a letter, Registrar of the Supreme Court MM Jayasekara directed the Sri Lanka Bar Association to take action based on the request made by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President made the inquiry in terms of Article 129(1) of the Constitution and has referred whether in terms of provisions of the Constitution, the President having assumed office in terms of Article 32(1) of the Constitution on the 9th of January 2015, has any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of 6 years, from the 9th of January 2015 – the date on which the result of his election to the office of President was declared.
The President requested the Supreme Court to notify its decision prior to the 14th of January.
Following the enactment of the 1978 Constitution, two six-year terms were assigned to an Executive President.
However following the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the term of the Executive was reduced to five years.
Accordingly, the President has inquired of the constitutionality of the President’s term applicable to the incumbent President.